|Plot Summary of The Drowned World|
In the second of Ballard's early end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it novels, 60 or 70 years of increased radiation due to solar instability have driven up temperatures some 60 degrees in the equatorial zones and submerged much of the coasts and lowlands of the world, and the UN has supervised colonization of the Antarctic plateau and the northern borders of Russia and Canada. Robert Kerans, 40, works at a biological research station at some submerged European city, studying the profusion of ancient jungle plants and reptiles that are throwbacks to the Triassic and Cambrian. A small military detachment has been keeping the peace, but is ordered back to Camp Byrd in Greenland, leaving Kerans, his colleague Dr. Botkin, and the gorgeous, languid Beatrice Dahl at the lagoon. After the troops have left, a white scavenging pirate named Strangman shows up with a depot ship, some hydrofoils, heavy arms, a small army of natives, and a flotilla of giant alligators. An uneasy joviality develops as everyone waits to see what Strangman plans to do. Almost everyone has hard dreams of returning to their embryonic past. Like Ballard's other early novels, this 1962 evocation of an entirely different Earth environment is richly realized.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Drowned World|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- surviving a post environmental/nuclear disaster
- surviving natural elements on planet
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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